One of our dining highlights in Portugal was a lunch we all enjoyed overlooking the Douro with a panoramic view of the historic center of Porto. After a busy morning the hubs and I, along with Baby Boy, Little Monkey and their grandparents, made a trek uphill on a sunny afternoon to make our way to the much talked about restaurant at the Relais & Châteaux property, The Yeatman Hotel. Once we got up there I wasn’t even sure if the restaurant would be open but luckily for us it was and we were ushered through an ornate marshmallow green dining room to a gorgeous terrace. With both kids fast asleep in the stroller, we settled ourselves on the patio and ordered the Chef’s tasting menu.
While the hubs and his dad ordered some local beers I got myself a cocktail which I enjoyed in silence as the rugrats snored away. With the the view of the tranquil Douro river and the quiet city of Porto passing by I settled in for what I expected to be a leisurely and delicious meal. Given that the Yeatman’s Restaurant (which opened in 2010) has received a Michelin Star each and every year since 2012, our lunch was not only fabulous but a memorable one that we will remember for years to come.
Our meal started with an amuse-bouche that really set the tone for our luncheon. It’s like the chef knew we all love Tuna and roe! We then sampled some of the freshly baked bread as we waited on our first course of an infused tomato with a basil foam. I saved the raisin and seaweed breads for the little ones as I knew they’d wake up hungry, which was definitely good planning on our part!
The third course, a John Dory (fish) dish that was laid in front of us made all of us enjoy veggies! The fish melted in your mouth but the marinated and thinly sliced and diced veggies stole the show in this dish.
The Portuguese are known for their codfish and our fourth course featured a Lagareiro style cod in olive oil and an olive. Everything was made to perfection but my favourite was this tiny molecular olive that burst with flavour the moment I gently placed it on my tongue. Oh the texture and olive-ness!!
Believe it or not our fifth course was a surprise addition of pork belly served with liver wontons and by the time our sixth dish of Pigeon and pearl barley came out we were getting stuffed. The hubs still can’t believe we ate pigeon but truth be told, it tasted like beef!
It was between the next course that the kids woke up and decided to nibble on some bread while we waited on our Lamb Tandoori. As you know I know my tandoori quite well and while the one served at the Yeatman was nothing like you’d see in South Asia, it was delicious. Little Monkey pretty much devoured my piece! She also licked the yoghurt dessert that came out and helped us all with our Coffee pudding in brandy sauce and coffee ice cream! For a kid who doesn’t usually like to eat much she was all over the tasting menu once she woke up.
Our servers were meticulous and each dish was served with a detailed narration of every ingredient. They definitely pride themselves on service and attention to detail here at the Yeatman! What we didn’t anticipate was that the six courses (and three additional surprises) would take about three hours! I didn’t mind it too much as it allowed us to really unwind and enjoy our ‘vacation mode’ especially whilst the kids were sleeping. The Yeatman hotel is quite family friendly so I knew no one would be alarmed with the kids running around amidst the fine china. There are many separate rooms and a large couch in the bathrooms which made a diaper change very easy for us. The kids loved the view as much as we did so things worked out well for us! I wanted to spend a night at The Yeatman but unfortunately they were booked up during our stay in Porto and so the next best thing was popping in for a meal. If you’re in Porto, with kids or without, I highly recommend having a meal here. Definitely worth the price!